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Plains Edition Obituaries

, 95, of Holdrege, formerly of Axtell, died May 3, 2006, at Phelps Memorial Health Center in Holdrege.

He was born June 21, 1910, in Funk to Emil and Hildur (Anderson) Lindgren.

On June 3, 1936, he married Miriam Dahl.

In his youth, he received Christ as his Savior and was baptized while attending Emmaus Evangelical Free Church north of Funk. He attended Prairie Rose School and graduated from Holdrege High School in 1928.

He joined Trinity Lutheran Church in Axtell and became a faithful member, serving several times on the church council. He operated and maintained the church’s public address system for 41 years.

He was employed for many years by Freeland Funeral Home in Axtell. During World War II, he was employed as an electrician working on planes before they embarked for overseas. After the war, he opened a radio repair business and later expanded to include television sales and service. He also sold insurance.

He served on the Axtell town board and was a past member of the Axtell Fire Department, Chamber of Commerce and Lions Club. In 1984, he received the Melvin Jones award for service to the Lions Club and community. In 1989, he was chosen Outstanding Citizen of the Axtell community.  

Survivors include his wife; son, Randahl of Burke, Virg.; and daughter, Sharilyn Johnson of Tulsa, Okla.; his daughter-in-law, Anita Lindgren of Burke; grandchildren, Krys (Bill) Arrick of Cripple Creek, Colo., Jill (Rod) Coulter of Tulsa, Okla., Kjell (Kristi) Lindgren, of St. Louis Park, Minn., and Nicole Lindgren of Chicago; great-grandchildren, Matt Arrick, Jordon Arrick, Colin Arrick, Cody Arrick, Courtney Coulter, Mitchell Coulter, Alexandra Lindgren and Kai Lindgren; great-great-grandson, Tyler Arrick; many relatives; and longtime friends.

, 82, of Amherst died May 2, 2006, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney.

He was born Feb. 9, 1924, east of Amherst to Joseph and Lydia (Taubenheim) Vavra.

On May 6, 1945, he married Milda Eberle.

He attended school at District 13 east of Amherst.

He and his wife lived on the same family farm since 1949 and would have celebrated their 61st wedding anniversary this year.

On May 31, 1978, he was baptized and confirmed at Trinity Lutheran Church in Amherst and became a member of the church.

He spent his life east of Amherst farming and raising cattle with his father, brother and son. He especially enjoyed harvest season and was privileged to operate the combine for 65 years. He enjoyed going to auctions and spending time with his family.

Survivors include his wife; son, Leslie of Amherst; his daughter-in-law, Connie (Mattison) Vavra of Amherst; and grandsons, John and Mark Vavra.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Everett; brother-in-law, Reinhold Eberle; and sister-in-law, Celia Eberle.


, 66, formerly of the Lodgepole area, died at her home, April 30, 2006.

She was born April 24, 1940, at Livermore, Calif., the daughter of Virgil Allen and Birtie C. (Davis) Randall. The family moved to the Crawford area when she was a small child, and then to Scottsbluff. Following graduation from Scottsbluff High School, she received her teacher training at Hiram Scot in Scottsbluff.

She was united in marriage to Robert John Ommen on June 19, 1960. They made their home south of Lodgepole, where they lived until moving to Sidney in 1986.

She was a member of the Lodgepole United Methodist Church, Cheyenne County Farm Bureau and the Extension Club.

Survivors include her sons, Robert John Jr. (Susan) of Sidney and Ronald D. (Theresa) of Padroni, Colo.; daughter-in-law, Tammy Nunley of Washington; brother, Allen (Alyce) Randall of Minatare; sister, Shirley (Frank) Meeks of Minatare; six grandchildren; two step-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband and son, Randall.

, 89, of Grant died April 23, 2006, surrounded by his family.

He was born on Jan. 10, 1917, to Frank E. and Alma (Englund) Swan. He was baptized Sept. 28, 1917, and was confirmed May 18, 1930 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Ogallala, Neb. He graduated from Perkins County High School in 1935.

He served in the United States Army Air Force from 1943 to 1945, serving as senior crew chief for P-51 aircraft. He remained active in the American Legion for many years following his military service.

He was engaged in farming for many years raising wheat, dairy cattle, chickens and hogs. He was a conservationist who spent many hours planting and caring for his many trees and flowers.

He married Delores Stutheit of Ogallala, Nebraska on June 2, 1949. To this special union, five children were born.

He was a longtime active member of Trinity Lutheran Church where he especially enjoyed his love of singing with the men’s choir and the mixed choir as well as his association with the Lutheran Layman’s League.

He served on the Board of Directors of the Grant Cooperative Exchange for many years. With his wife Delores, he was also active with the Nebraska Wheatgrower’s Association where he served as Vice President.

He was passionate about his service with the 4-H program in Perkins County. He served as a 4-H leader for many years and enjoyed the opportunity to be a mentor for youth in Perkins County.

He was a longtime member of the Grant Golf Club where he planted and cared for many trees. He especially cherished time with his family and grandchildren on the golf course. He was an avid coin collector who enjoyed the camaraderie of fellow coin collectors and sharing his knowledge of coins with others.

He will be remembered for his sense of humor, integrity and kind and gentle soul.

Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Delores, his children, Dr. Ruth (Dennis) Demmel of Ogallala, Dr. Marvin (Marcia) of Grant, Carol (Allen) Salzmann of Wheat Ridge, Colo., Mary (Mark) Griffith of Parker, Colo.; David (Tracey) Swan of Lincoln; 16 grandchildren; his brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Joe and Bernice Bauer of Ogallala; four nieces as well as many other family and friends.

He was precede in death by his parents; his brother, Russel and his sister, Dorothy Oellermann.


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